There is just the one metro meeting on Sunday with Hobart staging an eight race card. However there’s plenty of provincial and country action to get stuck into including nine races at Muswellbrook.
Covert is expected to jump as favourite for the sixth at Bendigo, an 1100m Benchmark 58 contest set to take place on a heavy 9 track.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained gelding won the synthetic surface at Pakenham when debuting over this trip in August last year. Has struggled at a higher level in the main since though it’s notable that the son of Written Tycoon’s best effort came on a soft 5 track over 1150m at Geelong in January.
Has been off the track since finishing seventh at Moonee Valley the following month but it’s likely he blew any chance he had when fractious in the barrier prior to the off.
Trainer Patrick Payne has won with five of his 20 runners here in the last year and his Simply Venus is selected to get the better of Covert. Delivered a career best effort in winning a 1200m maiden race at Ballarat at the end of May and having been given a break since looks up to delivering a victory on her first start on a heavy track with jockey Hannah Edgley taking a valuable two kilograms off.
Moetta and Kattegat dominate the market ahead of the sixth at Forbes, a Benchmark 74 contest over 1200m but there’s reason to oppose the pair.
The first named was the winner of a 1000m Benchmark 66 contest at Gilgandra when last in action earlier this month. While Jake Barrett’s mount has performed well on the forecast good ground in the past it’s notable that her best form has come on soft ground and with that in mind it may prove best to look elsewhere.
Similarly while Kattegat has won on a good track it’s significant that five of his six victories have come on a soft track including by a head in a Benchmark 74 event over 1000m at Queanbeyan earlier this month.
The step back up to 1200m here is no issue but it can pay to side with Winona Costin’s mount Zouologist who has delivered some solid efforts in defeat in recent times.
Runner-up when beaten half-a-length in the Graymont Showcase over 1200m at Tamworth last month the six-year-old has been freshened up since that start and while a draw in ten isn’t ideal for a horse who likes to race close to the speed he should prove capable of getting over to the rail having performed well from wide draws in the past.
In the sole metro meeting of the day at Hobart Donna’s Day looks up to maintaining her unbeaten record in the fifth race on the card.
The daughter of Domesday delivered a head success in a maiden race on a soft 5 track over this track and trip when debuting early last month and subsequently followed up with a comfortable victory in a Class 1 affair over the same course and distance on 10th July.
Overcame early crowding last time out and looks capable of getting out ahead of her main rival for the lead Herman’s Bells to deliver an all the way success with David Pires, on board for both previous starts again taking the ride.